Soldier’s wreath ‘used as football’

The wreath laid at Cookstown Cenotaph on Sunday, June 2nd. It was destroyed just 24 hours later by vandals.

The wreath laid at Cookstown Cenotaph on Sunday, June 2nd. It was destroyed just 24 hours later by vandals.

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VANDALS who destroyed a wreath laid in memory of murdered British soldier Lee Rigby “played football” with it in the centre of Cookstown, the MAIL has been told.

Around five people are being hunted by police following the incident, which happened just 24 hours after a local group laid the wreath at the town’s Cenotaph.

The incident took place on the evening of Monday, June 3rd and was witnessed by a number of people who were exiting a nearby nightclub.

The wreath was completley destroyed.

Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed in Woolwich on May 22.

He was murdered in broad daylight after first being hit by a car then attacked with knives.

The Tyrone Branch of the Ancre Somme Association had organised the service on Sunday, June 2 in memory of the British soldier.

Chairman Michael Wilson, who laid the wreath on behalf of the group, said he was appalled by the incident.

“I am disgusted and appalled to learn that a wreath we laid at Cookstown Cenotaph last Sunday was kicked around the street by drunken thugs who came from a local bar on Monday night.

“We held a service and laid the wreath in memory of murdered drummer Lee Rigby and to think that people took it upon themselves to destroy it is appalling, is nothing sacred anymore”.

Mr Wilson says it is unlikely the wreath will be replaced.

“We are discussing the possibility but we don’t want this to happen again.

“We held a lovely service for drummer Lee Rigby, with hymns and prayers - they can’t take that away.”

Police are investigating.